Tag Archives: Natural environments

A systematic review of attention restoration theory

  Heather Ohly and Ruth Garside, working with colleagues at Exeter and elsewhere, have undertaken a systematic review of evidence for the relative attention restoration potential of natural settings compared to other settings. ‘Attention Restoration Theory’ (ART) is used to explain some of the apparent benefits of exposure to natural environments. In the paper Heather […]

Recreational physical activity in natural environments and implications for health: A population based cross-sectional study in England

ECEHH colleagues Mat White and Lewis Elliott have published new research which details an analysis of recreational physical activity undertaken in England’s natural environments. The authors used Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment data set and found that: A considerable total amount of physical activity takes place in natural environments Over 8 […]

Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?

This is a joint posting from Beyond Greenspace and the Ageing & Physical Activity blog. Selected slides from the seminar are available to download – linked from the presenters’ names below. On 1st July, we held a seminar titled Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?  This was our 6th event in the series “More of […]

Natural England evidence summaries

Becca has been working with Natural England to produce a series of evidence briefings on the relationships between the natural environment and a range of outcomes. The notes are aimed at and intended to inform policy makers, practitioners, practice enablers (such as Natural England, Natural Resources Wales etc.), local decision makers, and the wider research […]

Social prescribing review: nature based interventions for mild to moderate depression

Researchers from ECEHH and the wider Universities of Exeter and Plymouth are undertaking a review of evidence of the most effective approaches to social prescribing, focusing on nature based interventions for mild to moderate depression. Social prescribing is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to […]

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

Sunday the 22nd of May is International Day for Biological Diversity 2016, this year’s theme is ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods’. The United Nations and Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) state: Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in […]

Presentation at the House of Lords’ Rural Economy Research Group

On the 28th October, Becca Lovell and Ben Wheeler presented the Centre’s research at the House of Lords. At the annual meeting of the Lords’ Rural Economy Research Group sponsored by Lord Trees, we presented a selection of research, with a focus on studies of the potential health and wellbeing benefits of natural environments. The […]

Beyond Greenspace – Findings and a Film

We’ve recently published two key papers from the Beyond Greenspace project. As part of the project we also made a short film to discuss what the project is about, and the wider context in which it sits. Grab some popcorn and watch the film, then have a read about some of the key findings from […]